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Brown-Bag Makeovers: New Lunch Ideas

Break out of a brown-bag rut with these fun twists on classic kid recipes.

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Tortellini Skewers

Replace mac ‘n’ cheese with a “kebab” of mini mozzarella balls, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, and tortellini.

Peanut Butter Bites

Try this switcheroo: Sub out PB with almond butter. Spread a dollop on whole-wheat crackers and top with thin apple wedges.


Vary a deli-meat sammie by rolling up sliced roast beef, herb-cheese spread (like Boursin), and lettuce in a store-bought crepe.

Pizza Pocket

Swap a greasy slice for a pita stuffed with fxings like shredded cheese, diced tomato, turkey pepperoni, and basil. Dunk in marinara sauce.

Create a New Sandwich Classic!
Shake up the same old boring sandwich combinations with these fresh ideas sure to please those kiddie palates. And now the best part: Grown-ups will love them, too.


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